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Nelson's Reece Hunt selected to U18 Team BC

Reece Hunt of Nelson is off to Red Deer in February to compete in the 2019 Canada Winter Games as part of Team BC. — Screenshot photo

BC Hockey announced Monday that forward Reece Hunt of Nelson has been selected to represent BC at the at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta from February 24 – March 3, 2019.

Hunt, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, was picked following the three-day U18 Team BC selection camp held during the weekend in Penticton. Rachel Teslak of Cranbrook is the only other player from the Kootenay region selected to the squad.

“We are very proud of this group of talented young hockey players and look forward to watching them represent BC on the national stage,” said BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko in a media release.

 “The coaching staff and evaluators have done an exceptional job in selecting the team and preparing Team BC to meet the challenges of a multi-sport event like the Canada Winter Games.”

Hunt, a member of the Okanagan Hockey Academy, was part of Team BC at the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championships in Quebec City.

The U18 selection process began with players invited to the 2018 Female U18 Provincial Camp held in August in Shawnigan Lake, BC and in-season evaluations.

Team BC kicks off the 2019 Canada Winter Games on February 24, 2019 against Alberta. Team BC will also face Ontario and Nova Scotia in preliminary play prior to the quarterfinals that start on February 28, 2019. Semi-final action will be played on March 1, 2019 and the medal games take place on March 2, 2019. Hockey will be played at the downtown and Kinex Arenas along with the Centrium in Red Deer.

British Columbia had their highest finish ever, winning the silver medal in 1991. BC finished sixth at the last Canada Winter Games held in Prince George, BC in 2015.